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Instagram Announces New Authentication And Security Tools

Instagram's co-founder says it's committed to keeping "bad actors" off it's platform.
Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 28, 2018

Instagram is ramping up its safety measures.

The social media platform announced three new tools Tuesday aimed at keeping its users safe.

The first tool will allow users to ensure that accounts with large followings are who they say they are. Users will be able to click on an "About This Account" button that will show information such as when the account was created, where the user is from, what ads are currently running and if the account has gone by any other names in the past.

Instagram is also launching a new verification request feature and a two-factor authentication tool so users can more securely log into their accounts using third party apps.

Instagram's Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Mike Krieger said, "Keeping people with bad intentions off our platform is incredibly important."

The announcement comes a week after Instagram's parent company, Facebook, announced it took down hundreds of accounts, groups and pages for "coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram."